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Episode 2: The Failure of the “Great Compromise"

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

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  • 7 months ago
  • 43:42

The right to vote is the right to help define the future of the country. It’s at the heart of our democracy. But for much of US history, only property-owning white men had access to this right. Suffrage for Black men was hard won and enshrined by the 15th amendment after the Civil War. But, even that limited enfranchisement was quickly stymied by campaigns of terror and voter suppression that were then codified by the creation of the Electoral College — amplifying the power of white Southern voters and essentially bringing an end to Reconstruction in 1877. In this episode, host Carvell Wallace explores the history of, and ongoing battle for, total Black enfranchisement in conversation with formerly incarcerated Florida-based voting rights activists Betty Riddle and Marq Mitchell, as well as historian Dr. Yohuru Williams.  For more on what you can do to protect voting rights in the US, visit the ACLU’s Voting Rights page.  Additional information and resources related to this episode are available on our show page.

Episode 1: Desire, Prosperity, Fortune, Hope

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

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  • 7 months ago
  • 25:50

Far from promising the fruits of equality and justice for all, the United States was founded on white supremacist ideals. Given this legacy, how do Black parents decipher and explain American history to their children? Or, even what it means to be Black in the US? These are questions that host and writer Carvell Wallace and ACLU Legal Deputy Director and attorney Jeffery Robinson have had to confront. Their answer has been to look more closely at the past and at the laws that continue to enshrine and reinforce racial inequity. This is how we both make sense of the present and shape a more equitable future for generations to come. Hear them start this journey into some of the lesser-known moments in America’s history which will reckon with the state of voting rights, the wealth gap, healthcare, policing, and the carceral state.  Featuring the performance of a new work by city of Boston poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola. For more, visit our show page: https://bit.ly/2FzwX57